During the Milan fashion week, the fashion shows are a great opportunity to discover a “secret city”, made of breathtaking locations out of the tourist trails. The young Italian-Haitian fashion designer Stella Jean has presented her spring summer 2013 collection in the beautiful late-baroque church of the Rotonda della Besana.
The show begins with the first episode of a fashion serial by Ilaria Curcio and Philip Jacobsson named LES FILLES DE L’EAU. It speaks about three women from different worlds searching the solution of an enigma. Water is the only element of conjunction. Obviously, the clothes of the protagonists are by Stella Jean.
The lights turn on, and the colorful Stella Jean’s collection parades at the foot of a stone pillars forest. The men’s shirts and the striped Breton sweaters are combined with ladylike clothes such as sheath dresses, shirt-dresses, bubble skirts and flared skirts made of African wax printed cotton and silk, playing a game of stylistic and cultural intertwinings. The vintage silhouettes are enriched with lots of accessories such as cylindrical bangles, sponge bracelets with gold studs, waist belts, turbans and oversized retro hats by “Super Duper”. In the last part of the show there are the hand painted evening dresses representing fighting cocks, the flight of the phoenix or a leitmotiv of gold chains embellished with stones, beads and sequins. This concludes the imaginary journey of Stella Jean through Africa, the Breton coast, Italy, England, Haiti, and even the Hawaii with the typical short sleeved shirts which added a funny twist to the daywear outfits.
After the show a huge crowd went in the backstage to see the beautiful and talented fashion designer. Her style, despite the few collections, is already recognizable and rewrites the rules of femininity and sensuality adding a pleasant note of irony into the ladylike world.
In the meantime there’s a soft music in the background. They are the pianist Umberto Petrin and the singer Carola Caruso, the famous international jazz duo, who came to entertain the guests during the dinner after the show.